The late 19th century was a pivotal time in American history, and is remembered as a time of prosperity and expansion despite the fact that the Civil War had just devastated the country. On the contrary, it was a contentious time period, with struggles between the rich and the poor, European “natives” vs. minorities and immigrants, and overall struggles for power and wealth. Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner gave the time period it’s name in their 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which is a story of greed, power, and corruption. They chose the term “Gilded Age” as gilding is the technique of applying gold leaf to wood, stone, or another, less valuable metal in order to give it a golden appearance. Twain and Warner felt that on the surface, the late 19th century appeared to be a golden age in America, but the truth was hidden just below the surface. So, in what ways were the late 19th century similar to the late 20th/early 21st century? Spread of Industry Then: The late 19th century was marked by a rapid expansion of industry. This expansion created the modern industrial economy and gave rise to the dominance of the corporation….